If you or your child has a moderate or severe illness, you can delay Tdap vaccination until the illness is gone. People with a mild illness can usually still receive the vaccination.
If you cannot take the pertussis vaccine (for example, because of an allergic reaction), you should still receive a vaccine against diphtheria and tetanus (DT for children and Td for adults).
CALL YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IF:
You are not sure whether your child should get this vaccine
You or your child develops severe symptoms after a vaccination, such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, hives, weakness, or dizziness
You have questions or concerns about Tdap
Tdap is not the same as DTaP. They both protect against the same diseases, but are given at different times. For information on DTaP, see: DTaP immunization.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recommended immunization schedules for persons aged 0-18 years---United States, 2012. MMWR. 2012;61(5).
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Committee on Infectious Diseases. Policy StatementRecommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedules - United States, 2012. Pediatrics. 2012 Feb;129 (2): 385-386.
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Recommended adult immunization schedule: United States, 2012. Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(3):211-217.
David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.